“Thermodynamic miracles… events with odds against so astronomical they’re effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such a thing. And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter… Until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged. To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold… that is the crowning unlikelihood. The thermodynamic miracle…. But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget… I forget. We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from the another’s vantage point. As if new, it may still take our breath away.”—Alan Moore (Watchmen)
The meaning of the name Rosa is Rose. (Also Horse and Fame in other languages)
The origin of the name Rose is Latin.
Notes: The name of Rosa Parks: civil rights activist. The name appears in Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch and Latin-America.
Here’s the 411 on the name Rosa and what it means to me…
Rosa and variations of it (like Rosie, Rosita and Rose) was my go-to name for many things in childhood, especially horses. This is ironic, because while researching it for this post I found that Rosa refers to horses in both Spanish and Italian. Whoa!
In acting class recently, we were taken through an exercise in which we imagined our lives year by year from 1-40. After about 25 I started to get frustrated…but the point was to follow instincts and not filter. So when the time to express that my older self (about 30, to be exact) was having children, I assigned the name Rosa to my eldest daughter. I’d never even really considered this name but my subconscious had. Kismet…
The prospect of my children also having color names simultaneously makes me smile and gag.
But Rosa is a subtle hint of so many pretty things wrapped into one sturdy name, it’s almost irresistable.
….I only wish it was a bit more obscure. Someone slap the hipster out of me.